Saint Catharine College Clock Tower photo

Schedule set for Commencement 2012

As the Spring 2012 semester starts to come to a close, it is time once again to prepare for the biggest day of any college student – Commencement. This will be the 80th Commencement Exercise for SCC, which will be held Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m. in Lourdes Gym.

Margaret Ormond, OP, the Prioress of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Peace, who sponsor St. Catharine College, will be the guest speaker this year. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Ohio Dominican University. She has also earned a bachelor’s in Sacred Theology (STB) and Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL) from Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

During her academic career as a teacher, Sister Margaret taught high school in Steubenville, Ohio and New Haven, Connecticut, and also served as Vice Principal of Saint Mary’s High School in New Haven.

Following her academic career, she served in many capacities at Saint Mary of the Springs, including Director of Candidates, Director of Formation and General Councilor. In 1987, she became the first International Coordinator of Dominican Sisters International, an office established at the general headquarters of the Order in Rome.

From 1998 to 2007, she traveled to many countries as the International Coordinator of Dominican Sisters International, where she spoke on such topics as religious life in this century and the global realities faced by the Church. During that time, she also facilitated Dominican Congresses in the Philippines, El Salvador, South Africa, Kenya, Peru and Hungary.

Her commitment to the Congregation and its members includes her service as Prioress General of the Dominicans Sisters of Saint Mary of the Springs from 1990 to 1996.

In 2009, she was elected by the members of the inaugural chapter of the newly established religious congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Peace, as its first Prioress.

All candidates should already be preparing for Commencement. For more information, visit to see what you need to do to be ready for this big day.